It's Friday!! And a long weekend!!
Thanks again to Doodle Bugs for hosting my favorite linky party. Here's a peek at my week:
Every year we make a paper quilt. It's a tedious job but the outcome is always beautiful.
I found this quilt pattern on Pinterest and tried to copy it using scrapbooking paper.
Here's our finished project. I have a friend who quilts come in and talk to the kids about the process. She happens to have taught first grade for 32 years and is the absolute perfect person to run this station. I'm sure she takes some Advil before she arrives. :)
It starts off with some precise cutting. And lots of little, tiny pieces. The size that the "janitor guy" hates to see. I make sure I'm gone for the day before he sees my classroom.
I make a template for them to follow. It seems like they wouldn't be able to do this, but somehow they manage beautifully. We present it as though it's a puzzle and model, model, model (I love how I'm saying "we." I'm nowhere in sight).
Later that day I decided to let the first graders try. I scattered paper all over the tables and let them go at it. This is a stark contrast to the formal lesson that took place in kindergarten.
A good mess has never frightened me.
I invested in several paper punches. I used my lace paper punch to go around the edge.
Quilt from the back. Not perfectly done but no one sees this side.
Last year's quilt. I posted in more detail here.
Last week I posted about our second grade's penguin bulletin board. Here it is updated with baby penguins. Soooo cute! They even used fuzzy material.
We made our Q is for Duck book. The kids loved the story and immediately came up with a page to add to the class book.
I have bunches of How to Draw books and put them out for the kids to use.
Here are some incomplete pages. We're still working on our 5 star drawing!
The kids love taking home a class book and can hardly wait until it's bound.
There's a little poem on the front cover that encourages respect for our traveling book:
Surely a book
Deserves as much.
I always include a page in the back that leaves a place for parents or readers to write a comment.
The Valentine tree is up. After I read "What Do You Love?", I asked the kids to tell me how they knew their family loved them. The came up with some of the sweetest statements.
One little boy told me he knew grandam loved him because she takes him for special discovery walks and wakes him up late at night to have a midnight snack. I want to be that kind of grandma.
It'd be nice to have some company in the kitchen besides Ben and Jerry....
Here are my tried and true Valentine activities that I'll be prepping this weekend. I posted about all of these last year so I won't bore you with the details.
Love Bug hat
Sandwich board valentine for parents.
Long distance valentine
Four Valentines in a Rainstorm
And in closing, I had a little one tell me I had "dog breath" this week.
No more coffee for lunch. But how about some tea?
on my bad days...Have a great weekend everyone! I appreciate each and every one of your comments! Please follow me on Bloglovin'!